Overall rating
80.69/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB46190
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Akashi
Number of bottles
4000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
4969265721241
Added on
12 nov 2013 7:38 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73.68

5 × in wishlist

87 × member ratings

194 × in collection

Whisky reviews for White Oak NAS

28 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.69 points.

  1. ZLako scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is a very nice whisky. Doesn't taste like any scotch so it's a nice place to start the Japanese whisky road. Bit raw and untamed but nevertheless great.

  2. Hero_of_Hooch scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nase ist fruchtig, am Gaumen Honig, Trockenfrüchte, im Abgang ist der Pfeffer dominant. Insgesamt aber elegant. Reicht nicht an den Nikka from the Barrel heran und sollte billiger sein.

  3. voodoochile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    One of the worst whiskys i ever had. Some people seem to like it though.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Not very refined and pleasant. Alcohol, wet paper and yeast.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sulphur and oak wet cardboard
    • Finish
      82 82
      Unpleasant and lucky me it's short.

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Whisky is clearly not yet formed, woody notes are not yet felt.
    The smoked character of drying is clearly and clearly felt.
    Strange barnyard notes and a clear alcohol content do not hold this whisky up to the base 80 points.
    The taste and aroma immediately reminded of Floki Sheep Dung Smoke Reserve whisky

    19 19 19 21
    • Nose
      Animal farm, fruits, sharp on alcohols, burnt straw, menthol, something burnt (probably phenols from drying), cloves, pepper.
    • Taste
      Animal farm, fresh fruit, cloves, ginger sting and tingling with young spirits
      Sweetness 6.5 out of 10
    • Finish
      Animal farm, fruits, ginger burn, no woodiness, but still distinctly long

  5. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Saftkenner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Exciting, but also quite special bottling with tart herbal notes and yet a pleasant liveliness. Overall quite independent. A nice change.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh, spicy, slightly dry. Honeydew melon, hay, citrus notes, bread dough, apple sauce, caramel, some menthol, aniseed, toffee, fine oak spice, a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peppery start with a tangy impression. Nice interplay between acidity and sweet notes. Slightly dry. Green apple, mate tea, oak seasoning, caramel, tree bark, tart herbs, walnuts, chartreuse liqueur, Almdudler.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length finish. Swedish herbs, espresso, lime, melon, nutmeg.

  7. Odinson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Not worth the price in my opinion.
    • Nose
      40 40
      Noticeable "glue grade".
    • Taste
      40 40
      A few spices and hardly any oak.
    • Finish
      40 40
      Short to medium length.

  10. nokdok did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Nope. Not my kind. No mildness/smoothness. No rich Gracie.

  11. Highlander65 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced classic Japanese whisky, where no notes emerge on the others. There is sweetness, fruitiness, cereal, spices, a light herbaceous and balsamic note all well blended. Perhaps this is precisely the limit: the lack of something that emerges and characterizes this malt, the overall result is a bit flat. The reason is perhaps also linked to the young age of this NAS, I read online that we are about 4-7 years of aging in "sherry, brandy, bourbon, wine, American oak and even ex-shochu barrels" and even the good Josh complains lack of complexity and depth (http://thewhiskyjug.com/japanese-whisky/white-oak-akashi-single-malt-review/)

  12. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Between straw and medium gold. A bit oily.

    Nose: Nose seems like shochu or awamori at first, with strong koji notes. Then honey, vanilla, caramel. Shochu-esque character is off-putting. Some sherry too. Apple.

    Palate: Sweet, malty, wood, tannin, touch of sherry, light to medium smoke, but not very phenolic, maybe a touch of iodine.

    Finish: Sweet dark fruit, caramel, light smoke, pepper.

    With Water: Koji character muted, sweetness and smoke a bit liberated. Better, I would say.

    Overall: A bit confusing. Young, tannic, definitely some interesting flavors but they are quite muted. It seems to be a bit confused as to what it is aiming for. Not bad, but I am not particularly impressed. The koji nose is off-putting. Flavor is better.

  13. SRB scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  14. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    In times where fake Japanese whisky is flooding the market, it is refreshing to have malts like Akashi. Originally a sake producer, Eigashima built White Oak Distillery in 1984. The nose of this Single Malt is very Japanese: polite, elegant and restrained. Yeast dough, maple syrup and shortbread mix with anise, lime and hints of baked apple. Honey-sweet and full-bodied in the arrival, the taste develops gingery and oaky with matcha green tea, juniper and sour berries. Licorice, fresh herbs and fading tannins mark the substantial finish. What a pleasant surprise!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Thanks for a sample of this.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh and very clean.
      Sweet on vanilla with a drop of bitter citrus.
      Maybe a tiny whaft of smoke.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Very creamy, almost thick texture.
      Sweet and relatively spicy.
      Some sort of dark flavour I don't recognize gradually emerging, almost like burnt plastic.
    • Finish
      79 79
      A medium lenght, with some crisp red berries, then turning almost floral with growing tannic and drying oak notes.

  16. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  17. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Honey, malt, rock sugar, warm sake and prunes. Good solid nougat candy, humus and cereal at heart with complex offering of chrysanthemum, oily oak, dried fruit on the edge. Good strength with penetrating oak-y heats which may be wee offensive, but the young spirit grassy and reedy notes were well rounded with choking earthy smokes that derives with floral nuance. Raw and young but with good substance. (86/20)

    P- Bold with firm structure. Drift of sulphur integrated well into the spicy oak and sweet dried fruits. Oily new make texture sparred the chewy rubber. Warm maltose honey mix, dash of ginger extracts. Not quite the "Japanese" DNA, which actually make this rather appearing if to compare this to some of the "soothing and pleasing" dram from the land of rising sun. (87/21)

    F- Medium, dry and crisp, soft clove and spices. Chewiness remains on palate with hefty but good spiciness that lasts. (85/19)

    Body/Balance- May be young, but bold and fearsome, don't be fool by the short, fat and round cute bottle. (87/21+1 for being able to wow)
    • Nose
      N- Honey, malt, rock sugar, warm sake and prunes. Good solid nougat candy, humus and cereal at heart with complex offering of chrysanthemum, oily oak, dried fruit on the edge. Good strength with penetrating oak-y heats which may be wee offensive, but the young spirit grassy and reedy notes were well rounded with choking earthy smokes that derives with floral nuance. Raw and young but with good substance. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Bold with firm structure. Drift of sulphur integrated well into the spicy oak and sweet dried fruits. Oily new make texture sparred the chewy rubber. Warm maltose honey mix, dash of ginger extracts. Not quite the "Japanese" DNA, which actually make this rather appearing if to compare this to some of the "soothing and pleasing" dram from the land of rising sun. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, dry and crisp, soft clove and spices. Chewiness remains on palate with hefty but good spiciness that lasts. (85/19)

      Body/Balance- May be young, but bold and fearsome, don't be fool by the short, fat and round cute bottle. (87/21+1 for being able to wow)

  18. Macheye scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    Akashi Single Malt is not a total disaster, but it’s not hugely enjoyable either. To my taste, there are far too many artificial tasting flavours in here. Rubber and plastic and similar slightly synthetic flavours can work, but only when they’re integrated and part of a greater whole – here, they feel like they’ve escaped from a home chemistry set – they sit uncomfortably, sadly out of balance. There’s an OK underlying spirit here, and were the age-statement Akashi’s more affordable (hint: they get prohibitively expensive the moment you stick even a small number of them) I’d happily explorer the distillery’s range more fully. But, as an introduction to their single malt range, this is fairly poor, overpriced and not hugely enjoyable either.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/white-oak/akashi-single-malt/
    • Nose
      Initially incredibly shy, but opens quickly in the glass. Sour lemons and oranges sit uncomfortably with bready, yeast and copper. Youth is apparent already. There’s a slight smoke here, though it seems rather acrid, almost akin to burning plasticine or melted bubblewrap. Strange. Sweetness is perceptible from undefined fruits and some gently honey, but it does not counter the sour aromas, not the bitterness of both oak and plastic/rubber. Water improves things, reducing sourness and acrid plastic and emphasising honey. Not a great start.
    • Taste
      A reasonably filling mouthfeel, but one which delivers some strange flavours – undigested sugars and a very odd spice mix – cumin, allspice, masala and ginger, but all seemingly rubbed under someone’s armpit – musky, musty and frankly sweaty. Yeastiness continues on the palate and is joined by we soil earthiness. Woodiness is very present, though tasting more like ply and chipboard than grandiose old lacquered furniture. There’s some interesting underlying herbalness here – it reminds me of bitters. A few drops of water adds in some green flavours – cactus and aloe (both quite usual and interesting), as well as some doughy bread.
    • Finish
      Short with bitter drying spice and cheap MDF.

  19. whiskypaule scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  20. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Info on the label states: ‘Eigashima Sake brewing co.,Ltd. was established in the city of Akashi, Hyogo Japan, in 1888. It was licensed to produce whisky in 1919’.

    This won’t take long. Any whisky stating a ‘wood finish’ instead of an age statement is a concern. It’s another way of saying winter’s/summer’s, founders rare old reserve. Currently £61 [Jan ’17], for a 50cl NAS!

    N: Even if little else, there’s a nice balance between the mash and the oak.

    T: Easy arrival. It’s age soon shows as does the blender’s skill in tempering its youthfulness. Oily humus mouthfeel with green sticks dipped into putty/porridge.

    F: Light porridge-y distillate, coppery water and some rock salt.

    C: Even if it hasn’t been given a chance to develop [not that that was never the plan], this is another Japanese whisky with competency at its heart, ideally executed for the delight of bartenders.

    Scores a D+

  21. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Has very strange notes and a strange aftertaste, meant something stale, but somehow positive. Difficult to grade something like that.
    • Nose
      Marko agreed first, star anise as from the baker's room for Christmas, then weird, dried kitchen herbs of thyme on rosemary, etc., hay, an old chocolate bar, but already with this matte layer on it, Brazil nut, flour, Barley, away cinnamon. Except that both have a very strange nose, the two White Oaks have nothing in common in the nose
    • Taste
      Ok, very own. Hay, dried fruit with nutmeg on it, and again this star anise, I rarely had that intense, caramel, citrus notes, sugar pieces, marshmallow, later also apricot, vanilla, some dry oak
    • Finish
      Eichig with sweet apricot and sugar syrup, honey melon

  22. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like it, rather unusual, interesting nose, interesting taste, but no whisky for everyone or every day. 60 € / 0.5 are of course fierce, for the experience, I think the OK, he would even try a few more times, but for "comfortable drinking" I would not put a whole bottle, because he would be too exhausting then / expensive.
    • Nose
      interesting - fresh, dry, a splash of lemon, a velvety, slightly sweet spice, cinnamon, star anise, caramel ... a touch of dry herbs ... there is also vanilla and coconut, a little reminiscent of 1st-fill-bourbon jams
    • Taste
      more vigorous than the nose suggests, not velvety and the sweetness is more in the background (but present, caramel, milk chocolate), the herbs / hay / grass / green tea and spicy sharpness dominate, which has neat pepper ... goes well.
    • Finish
      long, milk chocolate, white pepper, camillan

  23. Cast Olila scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. Fable scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.com/a/400-akashi/1142-akashi-single-malt-46.html
    • Nose
      8,2 Lekko ostra, słodka z nutami śliwki, gruszki, goździka, cynamonu, miodu oraz tytoniu z odrobiną białego pieprzu i zielonej herbaty.
    • Taste
      8,1 Słodka, delikatnie ostra z nutą wanilii, moreli, dębu, zboża, goździka, wiśni oraz ziela angielskiego.
    • Finish
      8,1 Średniej długości, słodki, lekko pikantny z nutami miodu, gruszki, cynamonu, zboża i goździka z odrobiną torfu.

  27. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Atypical is that he has little fruit in my opinion and yet offers a noticeable smoke. Unusually "thick" in the aroma. Self-willed, but I expected that. So no clearer, but I did not expect that, but delicious and exciting.
    • Nose
      malty & nutty, very young, new make-sweet, which turns a bit fruity after some time, and in the background a slightly sour spice. Not unpleasant, reminds me of a young Ledaig I once had (one of the Ledaig who have little smoke). Some straw and some wood come with the time.
    • Taste
      quite thick, oily, spicy, without me disassembling it so well, compact.
    • Finish
      The finish is good, a bit bittersweet slightly astringent and actually also a little smoke and quite wood.

  28. Funiac scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Color: Amber Nose: The first nose is Scottish, could be a pleasant Middle Ages Highlander. The alcohol is slightly superficial but not unpleasant. Malt, vanilla and caramel form a solid and round framework. The sherry influence is only light and reflects even more in a delicate fruitiness. With each following nose a spicy undertone becomes more noticeable, something like chamomile tea or even green tea. Taste: It is light and creamy in the mouth, it quickly sets with hints of spicy oak. The finish is sweet and fruity with a hint of vanilla. It is despite the small age no metallic youth to find but already eklänge the wood almost a little smoke rising up the throat. In the second nose, the impression of sweet malt is greatly enhanced and the spicy tea note has become very clear. Conclusion: Quiet, balanced, interesting turns (tea note and rising smoke) but without rough carvers or edges. A really nice Japanese (of whom I expected much less), despite his small age so many old venerable Scots in his place. However, also priced really ambitious!

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